“In the spirit of the Synod of Youth taking place in Rome”

In celebration of the 487th anniversary of the miraculous apparitions of the Virgin of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego, this year La Peregrina, a pilgrim image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, will start the annual pilgrimage with visits to parishes in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, Oct. 27-Nov. 3. In … [Read More...]

Peace begins in the womb

In a county where expressions of opposition and resistance are a standard feature of the local landscape, three Catholic women praying the rosary quietly together outside the Planned Parenthood facility in downtown San Rafael elicited strong emotions on Sept. 26. It was the first day of the 40 Days … [Read More...]

Fresno diocese hesitates on naming priests accused of sex crimes

Bishop Armando X. Ochoa is working with a review board to determine what information the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno may release about area priests accused of sexual misconduct, including the possibility of publicly identifying those priests by name. Teresa Dominguez, chancellor for the … [Read More...]

California drags Little Sisters of the Poor back into court

An order of nuns that was in the national spotlight during the Obama years is due back in federal court this week, defending their right to live according to their religious beliefs. In State of California v. Little Sisters of the Poor, California is suing to end a 2017 regulation that gives … [Read More...]

Italian journalist Sandro Magister: If pope truly wants reform, he should get rid of these prelates

Ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick is not the only wrong person on whom Francis bet. At least three others can be pointed out in the upper levels of the hierarchy, each one tied with double thread to the changes that this pope wants to introduce into the Church. Then there is Belgian cardinal Godfried … [Read More...]

Thousands gather at LA cathedral to celebrate St. Oscar Romero

Thousands of Catholics in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles gathered in the cathedral on Sunday to celebrate as Oscar Romero was canonized in Rome. St. Oscar Romero was canonized by Pope Francis Oct. 14, together with six other new saints. That same day, an estimated 3,000 people gathered at the … [Read More...]

Gosnell movie cracks top 10 at box office

A movie about Kermit Gosnell, the late-term abortionist in Philadelphia who went to prison after being convicted in connection with the deaths of three babies, hit the Top 10 films at the box office over the weekend. “We were [No. 10] on Friday and Saturday, but slipped back to 12 on Sunday,” … [Read More...]

Judge throws out lawsuit against bishops over immigrant shelters

A federal judge has dismissed the ACLU’s attempt to block the government from delegating the care of immigrant unaccompanied minors and sex-trafficking victims to a Catholic group that opposes birth control and abortion, and transfers those wishing to have an abortion to other shelters. The … [Read More...]

Vatican: Youth synod’s final report to be voted on ‘part by part’

The head of Vatican communications said Monday the youth synod’s final document will be voted on “part by part,” requiring a 2/3 majority to pass each section, before being forwarded to Pope Francis. Speaking at a press briefing Oct. 15, Paolo Ruffini, who serves as Prefect of the Vatican’s … [Read More...]

Priest’s body found in Rosarito

The archbishop of Tijuana, Francisco Moreno Barron, announced the death of Icmar Arturo Orta in a statement issued yesterday. On Sunday night, the Attorney General's Office of the State reported that in the first minutes of Friday the finding of a lifeless body inside a car, on Alegee Circuit and … [Read More...]

Women accuse ex-Planned Parenthood official of sexual harassment

For years, Pedro Elias was the face of Fresno’s branch of Planned Parenthood. At news conferences and events, as the director of public affairs, he stood out in a sea of women advocating for reproductive rights: A muscular man often wearing a bright pink Planned Parenthood T-shirt. But when his … [Read More...]

A bishop’s failure to enforce canon law does not excuse faithful from following it

It needs no long blog post from a canon lawyer to explain how wrong would be a failure by a bishop to protect his faithful against scandal (CCC 2284, 2287) and/or to defend the Eucharist against potential sacrilege (CCC 2120) but, make no mistake, in reiterating that “it is not [his] policy” to … [Read More...]

U.S. bishops express hope that Wuerl resignation will bring healing

Several U.S. bishops responding to the official resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. expressed hope Friday that the decision would bring healing for survivors of clerical abuse. Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Wuerl Oct. 12, while asking the cardinal to continue leading … [Read More...]

What do tensions among Orthodox believers mean for modern Christianity?

In 2014, Russia prompted an international uproar when it annexed the Ukrainian territory of Crimea, while also backing a separatist movement in Eastern Ukraine, part of a war that has claimed thousands of lives. But now there’s another kind of Ukrainian territory in dispute: the Ukrainian Orthodox … [Read More...]